Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Program Requirements 2018
Federal Skilled Worker Program is one of the streams in express entry program to get a Canadian permanent residence visa. It is a point based program where points are awarded according to various eligibility criteria like education/qualification, work experience, age, having a job offer, language adaptability etc. Federal Skilled Worker Program allows skilled and experienced candidates with better adaptability a way to fulfill their dream to settle in Canada. All the candidates for skilled worker program must score a minimum 67 point on the Canadian Skilled Workers Point System.
In the points system, applicants are awarded points based on following factors:
Candidates must have proficiency in English, French or in both languages. For proving their proficiency, applicants have to give any one of the following exams:
Marks scored in these test are then converted into Canadian Language Benchmark(CLB). Mainly four components are checked in these test: Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading. Applicants have to meet minimum CLB level 7 in all 4 components for their “First Official Language” and minimum CLB level 5 in their “Second Official Language”.
|CLB level in First Official Language||Speaking Points||Listening Points||Reading Points||Writing Points|
|9 or more||6||6||6||6|
|CLB level in Second Official Language||Points|
|5 in all 4 components||4|
|4 or less in any component||0|
Candidates applications must meet the following educational qualification:
|University degree at PHD level or equivalent||25|
|University degree at Master’s level or equivalent||23|
|University entry-to-practice degree or equivalent. This degree must be related to a profession at NOC Skill level A, must be licensed by a provincial regulatory body, and must be in of the following fields:
|Two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees or equivalent, one of which must be of duration of 3 years or more||22|
|Canadian post-secondary degree of duration lasting 3 years or more||21|
|Canadian post-secondary degree of duration lasting 2 years or more||19|
|Canadian post-secondary degree of duration lasting 1 year or more||15|
Following conditions must be met by applicant’s profile in terms of work experience:
You must make sure that your work experience matches with the guidance provided in Canada’s National Occupational Classification system(NOC). You do not have to meet the “employment requirement” section of the particular job listed on NOC. If your work experience does not come under skill level O, A or B or your experience did not occur in the last ten years your application will be refused. You are are awarded 15 point for your one year of work experience and two points for each year further upto a maximum of 21 points:
|2 to 3||11|
|4 to 5||13|
|6 or more||15|
Applicant’s age at the time of submission also have effect on the points awarded. Following is the table showing the points awarded respectively to the age:
|17 or under||0|
If you have a job offer from Canada or are currently working in Canada, you are already awarded 10 points in your skilled worker program profile. The job must be full time and permanent and must be listed as Skill level 0, A or B on Canada’s National Occupation Classification List.
For you to get the maximum 10 points from your work it should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
You are currently working in Canada with a temporary visa:
You do not have a Canadian work permit, and do not plan to work in Canada before your FSWP visa is granted and :
You are currently working in Canada and have been offered a full time and permanent job with a different employer and the employer has received a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment for the job.
You are currently working in Canada in a job that is not subject to the Labour Market Impact Assessment, but not due to an international agreement such as NAFTA agreement or a federal-provincial agreement.
Maximum 10 points can be awarded to you or your spouse if any of the following conditions can be fulfilled:
|Your spouse has achieved CLB 4 on all 4 components in an approved English or French language test||5|
|You have completed a minimum of 2 years of full time study(more than 15 hours per week) at a Canadian secondary school or post-secondary education||5|
|Your spouse has completed a minimum of 2 years of full-time study at a Canadian secondary school or post-secondary education||5|
|You have previously worked for at least 1 year in Canada on a valid work permit, in a job skill listed as skill 0,A or B||10|
|Your spouse has previously worked for at least 1 year in Canada on a valid work visa||5|
|You earned any points under Factor 5: arranged employment||5|
|You or your spouse have one of the following family members, aged 18 or over, living in Canada as a Canadian Citizen or permanent residence:
Candidates must have sufficient funds for them and as well as for their family members, and must be able to provide bank statements as proof of funds. The following table gives detailed breakdown of funds required with respective number of family members:
|Number of family members(including the applicant)||Maintenance fund required|
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